Photographer's Note

The lamp post - as PILLAR of strength, she leaned to it.

To hold and love. "Silence is a woman's best garment." Silence is Golden. The woman is showering the boy with a grip of love, and she shows it only facing to the Tonle Sap, away from the public. I wonder if she will do it facing the public or camera?

This post is dedicated to Way ne Lim whose 3rd TE post was of Cambodia, looking for his mother's birth place and which had my 1st critique on his gallery. He will know why I post this, symbolic love of Cambodia, and I hope it means something to him. On my 1st afternoon of arrival at Phnom Penh, taking a taxi from bus station to hotel, then out to shoot photography, I saw this scene which is most universal body language that all can understand easily. Because of the orange dress, the lamp pole backing, THE ARM that stretches around the boy and have a quiet moment of love looking out to the Tonle Sap. I know this is what I would like to post.

In Asian family values, we seldom speak directly of love such as 'I love you, son' but instead we often times express it indirectly by silent actions, such as a stroke of the head, pat of shoulder or other body language. But in Western values, the expression of love is spoken and direct.

Somehow I seem to shoot portrait from the side or behind, and if I try it from the front, you will see how it goes, soon in another upcoming post.

iso200, FL170mm, sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

Silence is Golden - Meaning

A proverbial saying, often used in circumstances where it is thought that saying nothing is preferable to speaking.


As with many proverbs, the origin of this phrase is obscured by the mists of time. There are reports of versions of it dating back to Ancient Egypt. The first example of it in English is from the poet Thomas Carlyle, who translated the phrase from German in Sartor Resartus, 1831, in which a character expounds at length on the virtues of silence:

"Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule. Not William the Silent only, but all the considerable men I have known, and the most undiplomatic and unstrategic of these, forbore to babble of what they were creating and projecting. Nay, in thy own mean perplexities, do thou thyself but hold thy tongue for one day: on the morrow, how much clearer are thy purposes and duties; what wreck and rubbish have those mute workmen within thee swept away, when intrusive noises were shut out! Speech is too often not, as the Frenchman defined it, the art of concealing Thought; but of quite stifling and suspending Thought, so that there is none to conceal. Speech too is great, but not the greatest. As the Swiss Inscription says: Sprecfien ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden (Speech is silvern, Silence is golden); or as I might rather express it: Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity."

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